Bombardier International Travel Grant
Visionary, inventor, and entrepreneur, Joseph-Armand Bombardier (1907-1964) was a highly committed and internationally recognized philanthropist with a strong sense of community and corporate responsibility. In his memory, the J. Armand Bombardier Foundation has generously established the Bombardier International Travel Grant.
This grant is designed to provide Mount Allison students with an opportunity to develop their own sense of social responsibility and leadership. Each year the International Travel Grant will provide support for travel costs to a returning Mount Allison student(s) whose goal is to make a positive impact in a developing country by conducting research with a non-governmental organization or by collaborating with the non-profit sector on an internship or special project.
Choosing a Partner Organization
When applying for the Bombardier International Travel Grant, students must have already sought out a potential position within an organization. This position can be as a volunteer, intern, or research assistant. When choosing a partner organization, it is important that the organization has a vision, mission, goals and values that promote equality and encourage participation by individuals of any race, ethnicity, nation or origin, first language, socio-economic status, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, religion, age, and/or ability. Partner organizations should:
- facilitate opportunities for the intern to engage actively with the local community
- provide formal/informal support and mentorship for the student
- ensure that the cross-cultural interaction is an enriching experience for the intern
- provide opportunity for students to enrich their leadership capabilities
Upon Completion of the Project
Once the research, internship, or special project finishes, the adjudication committee requires a 5-6 page summary report of the intern’s experience and a financial report. The student must also complete a debrief survey, and give a public lecture to share the results of their experience. Reports and survey must be submitted within one month of the internship being concluded. Failure to do so may result in the revocation of the internship and return of funds provided. The lecture must be delivered during International Education Month (October).
2012 - Yuki Noritake attended a Challenge of Balance program, a course offered by the Centre for Science and Environment in New Delhi.
2013 - Margaret Kromminga worked for the Church of Central Africa in Zambia
2014 - Morgan McGinn did summer studies in Brazil
2015 - Gillian Schmid spent six weeks in Mysore, India researching with the Swami Vivekanada Youth Movement
2016 - Cassidy Phillips did observational research in China exploring the contemporary religious landscape.